Tamil Nadu in the grip of Jihad - II

  • By Thamizhchelvan
  • April 2016

Policemen’s  heads were broken; women police were molested; in fact the police  force was running for life! All this happened when organized violence  was unleashed on the night of Saturday, 27 June 2015 on the  Chennai-Bengaluru Highway and connected roads by a mob from Ambur, a  town in Vellore district. Over 50 police personnel were seriously  injured as also an equal number of members of the general public,  including bus passengers. Rs.10 crore worth of public property was  destroyed.

The  violence was planned as a response to the death of one Shameel Ahmed  in police custody. Shameel Ahmed was arrested on charges of allegedly  cheating on a 23-year old Scheduled Caste girl, Pavithra, wife of one  Palani, in the name of love.

Jihad  comes of age in Tamil Nadu

The  violence was extremely gory due to stone pelting, assault, arson and  destruction. Although the state had witnessed jihadi mobs in action a  few times earlier, the magnitude of this ‘Mob-Jihad’ was the  first of its kind. It evoked comparisons with Kashmir and Palestine.  Juvenile boys were seen pelting stones on police force, police  vehicles and public transports. We could see youth indulging in arson  and violence.

Shameel  Ahmed died on 26 June 2015, in Chennai; on the evening of 27 June by  7 pm, his community in Ambur downed their shutters and started  assembled on the highway and connecting roads. Houses and shops of  innocent Hindus were attacked and ransacked. While indulging in the  attacks, the mob reportedly said, “What job do the police have in  our area?”  As the attack on the police force escalated, the  men in khaki removed their uniforms and escaped. Cops who were caught  by the mob suffered severe injuries and women cops were also hurt and  some were molested. Many were admitted to government hospitals in  Vellore and Ambur.

The  President of Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK), Jawahirullah, formerly  of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), had the gumption to  visit the police officers in hospital. Ironically, those hapless and  innocent women police complained to him without knowing that his  organization was allegedly involved in the behind the violence. The  documentary shows the women police constables telling him,  “Extremists attacked us without even considering that we are  women”.

The  state has become so unsafe for women that the women constables have  sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister and the Director General of  Police saying, “Do not send us on duty to places of riots and  violence. We will be attacked and molested. Higher officials would  safeguard only themselves”.

The  documentary asks some pertinent questions - “Why didn’t the  politicians and human rights activists condemn this act of terror?  What is the answer to the sufferings of innocent Hindus who were in  no way connected with the issue and lost properties worth ten crore  rupees?”

On  mob demand, seven policemen were suspended for the death of Shameel  Ahmed, but no punishment was meted out to those who attacked and  assaulted the policemen and women. Even those arrested in the  aftermath of the violence were released days later. 

This  kind of ‘mob-jihad’ has become the order of the day in the state.  With Ambur as the backdrop, the documentary takes us to  Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur and Chennai, where jihadis struck at will  indulging in Mob-Jihad with ease. 


On  14 October 2014, at S.P. Pattinam in Ramanathapuram district, local  sub-inspector Kalidas was attacked with a knife by an extremist,  Saiyed. He fired in self-defense, resulting in Saiyed’s death. A  huge mob gathered on the road and started attacking public  transports. The documentary shows victims saying that buses were  stormed and Hindu passengers selectively attacked. It asks, “What  is the answer for the Hindus who were attacked by fundamentalists in  the guise of protesting against the police?”

But  buckling under pressure from Islamic organisations, the AIADMK  government slapped a murder case on sub-inspector Kalidas and  sanctioned a solatium of Rs 5 lakh to the extremist’s family.


During  the parliamentary elections, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate  Muruganandam was attacked by a mob on 14 April 2014, while trying to  enter a Muslim-dominated area in Mallipattinam to canvas for votes;  some fundamentalists objected and refused entry. When he stated that  it was his democratic right to seek votes from citizens, he was  manhandled and a group started attacking him and his supporters.  Thereafter, the police refused Muruganandam permission to enter the  area and advised him to depart from that area and seek votes from  Hindus on the other side.

The  documentary clearly shows the violence and the helplessness of  police. Muruganandam speaks about the ordeal he had undergone at the  time.        


Between  September 14-18, 2012, Muslim outfits mobilized thousands, including  women and children, and hit the arterial roads (Mount Road and  Cathedral Road) close to the American Consulate to protest against  the movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’.  They demanded that You Tube remove the trailer of this movie, which  was uploaded from America.

The  crowd indulged in violence and American Consulate was attacked;  vehicles were stoned and police were not spared. The entire stretch  of Mount Road was used for namaaz and  the violent protests continued for four days, throwing traffic out of  gear for several hours a day. On these days too, Hindus were also  attacked.

The  documentary shows Jainulabdheen, President of Tamil Nadu Thowheed  Jamath, openly threatening that his organization would take law into  its hands if You Tube did not remove the trailer of the movie. He  threatens, “If the clipping is not removed from ‘You Tube’ and  as long as it remains there, this nation and the world will burn  every day. Wherever the producers of this movie and their supporters  are seen, a kind of situation will arise wherein our people will  become emotional and take law into their own hands”.    

For  the first time in this country, the American Consulate remained  closed for four days. The AIADMK government did not take any action  against the marauders, but made a scapegoat in the Chennai  Commissioner of Police and transferred him out. Nothing was done for  the Hindus affected by this riot, nor was there any compensation for  the loss of public properties. 

In  January 2013, Vishwaroopam,  a Tamil movie produced by actor Kamal Hassan, faced the ire of  Islamists. Though the movie talked only about Taliban terror, 24  Islamic outfits hit the streets and protested against the release of  the film. In an act of appeasement, the government imposed a  temporary ban. The Chief Minister conceded through a special press  meet that she couldn’t provide security to all 524 cinema theatres  and that the government would facilitate negotiations between Kamal  Hassan and the Islamic outfits.

Yet,  when a few social welfare organisations warned of closing the  government-owned TASMAC liquor retail outlets, the AIADMK government  had provided police security to almost all the 6000-odd outlets  across the state. Citing this, the documentary questions the Chief  Minister about why her government could not provide security to 524  theatres when it has the capacity to provide security to thousands of  liquor outlets.  

In  course of her 30-minute press meet on the issue, Chief Minister  Jayalalithaa made a special mention about “Tamil Nadu Towheed  Jamath”, saying that with 7.5 lakh members it is a pan-Indian  organisation. Islamists welcomed her statement by pelting stones and  throwing petrol bombs at some theatres in the state. Posters and  graffiti were destroyed. Fundamentalists threatened that they would  not allow movie businesses to function. However, no arrests were  made, possibly under government orders.


One  of the highlights of the documentary was the confession of  Jainulabdheen, president of Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath, who explains  how his organisation attacked film director Mani Rathnam’s house by  throwing bombs in the aftermath of the release of his movies Roja and  Bombay, and how he threatened Kamal Hassan by citing Mani Rathnam’s  case.

Jainulabdheen  explains how they dealt with Kamal Hassan and his team: “Should  have seen them during our negotiations; they were shaking and  quivering; they were not courageous but fear struck. Our people were  talking to Kamal Hassan referring to what happened to Mani Rathnam.  When they told him that Mani Rathnam was fortunate as the bombs  thrown at his residence didn’t explode, and that he would  have the same fate if he releases the movie, the man was shaken and  he simply sat down. They would not release even if they had finished  production”.

Describing  this ‘threat’ as a ‘medicine’, Jainulabdheen says, “All  those in the film industry are trembling fear struck. This medicine  will work for another 15 to 20 years”.

What  is the government waiting for?

It  is more than a month since the documentary is released and it shows  the perpetrator of a heinous crime owning up to it. But, neither the  police seem to take any action nor does the state government order  them to do so. And the Jihadis continue with their activities!

Such  is the sad state of affairs in Tamil Nadu.      

The  visual documentation of all the above happenings can be seen and  downloaded in the website link from 0.00 mts to 9.30 mts.

For  Part I see: http://www.vijayvaani.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?aid=3899

First  published http://vijayvaani.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?aid=3905

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